Raithby by Spilsby
Holy Trinity Church, Raithby
Raithby shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||115 mi (185 km) S|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Louth and Horncastle|
The Greenwich Prime Zero meridian line passes through the village.
The parish church is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 12th century, although it was largely rebuilt in 1873 by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The chancel was enlarged in 1886 by Temple Moore, and the tower renewed by Hodgson Fowler in 1895. The lychgate is Grade II listed and dates from 1907. It was dedicated to the memory of Sophy Janet Rawnsley, of Raithby Hall. In the grounds of the churchyard is a stone cross, mostly dating from 1903 but using part of an earlier shaft. The old base is not used and lies 6 feet (1.8 m) away.
The red-brick Raithby Hall was the seat of the Brackenbur and Rawnsley families, built around 1760 for Robert Carr Brackenbury and extended in 1848 and 1873 by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It is now an old peoples home, and is Grade II listed.
This village played an important role in the spread of Methodism in Lincolnshire. After visiting Raithby in 1788, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, declared it ‘an earthly paradise’. Raithby contains one of the oldest Methodist chapels in England, and one of the few surviving chapels opened by John Wesley. Raithby Chapel was built over a stable block in the grounds of Raithy Hall in 1779 by Robert Carr Brackenbury, and was dedicated by John Wesley on 5 July 1779. It is a Grade I listed building.
The children of Raithby were served by a village school from 1668 when Thomas Lawford founded a Free School where children from Raithby, Mavis Enderby, Hundleby and Sausthorpe were educated. The school was rebuilt in 1866 to hold 45 pupils. By the 1870s it was known as Raithby and Mavis Enderby School, and Raithby and Enderby CE School by 1925. It closed on 21 December 1949.
Raithby is situated 29 miles (47 km) from Lincoln, and around 12 miles (19 km) from the market town of Horncastle, the "gateway to the Wolds". It is also 14 miles (23 km) north-west from the coastal resort of Skegness. Nearby attractions include the birthplaces of Alfred, Lord Tennyson at Somersby, and explorer Sir John Franklin at Spilsby.
Raithby is served by the Interconnet 6 bus service runs which runs from Lincoln Central bus station to Skegness. The bus stops outside the Red Lion pub.
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- English Heritage. "Red Lion Inn, Raithby (1146585)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- For bus times see http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/upload/public/attachments/621/Interconnect6.pdf
- Media related to Raithby by Spilsby at Wikimedia Commons